Project Title

Study on the Cost-Effective Renewable Energy-Supply Solutions based on Innovative Solar Technologies to Promote Green Buildings in APEC Region 

Project Year

2016   

Project Number

EWG 03 2016A 

Project Session

Session 1   

Project Type

Standard 

Project Status

Project in Implementation   
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Project No.

EWG 03 2016A 

Project Title

Study on the Cost-Effective Renewable Energy-Supply Solutions based on Innovative Solar Technologies to Promote Green Buildings in APEC Region 

Project Status

Project in Implementation 

Publication (if any)

 

Fund Account

APEC Support Fund 

Sub-fund

ASF: Energy Efficiency 

Project Year

2016 

Project Session

Session 1 

APEC Funding

149,983 

Co-funding Amount

Total Project Value

149,983 

Sponsoring Forum

Energy Working Group (EWG) 

Topics

Energy 

Committee

SOM Steering Committee on Economic and Technical Cooperation (SCE) 

Other Fora Involved

 

Other Non-APEC Stakeholders Involved

 

Proposing Economy(ies)

China 

Co-Sponsoring Economies

Canada; Hong Kong, China; Malaysia; Singapore; Chinese Taipei; United States 

Expected Start Date

01/07/2016 

Expected Completion Date

30/06/2017 

Project Proponent Name 1

Yong Sun 

Job Title 1

Researcher 

Organization 1

APEC Sustainable Energy Center 

Postal Address 1

216 Yifu Building, Tianjin University, 92 Weijin Rd, Nankai District, Tianjin 300072, China 

Telephone 1

86-22 27892383 

Fax 1

Not Applicable 

Email 1

sunyong-1984@163.com 

Project Proponent Name 2

Not Applicable 

Job Title 2

Not Applicable 

Organization 2

Not Applicable 

Postal Address 2

Not Applicable 

Telephone 2

Not Applicable 

Fax 2

Not Applicable 

Email 2

Not Applicable 

Declaration

Yong Sun 

Project Summary

Buildings account for about 40% of global energy consumption; therefore renewable energy-supply solutions for buildings will greatly contribute to energy efficiency and energy security of Asia-Pacific region. Responding to 2015 APEC Energy Ministers’ instruction for the EWG to “explore strategies to drive the shift towards green buildings including zero energy buildings”, this project seeks to foster APEC members’ collaborative efforts in developing cost-effective renewable energy-supply solutions based on innovative solar technologies for green buildings in APEC region.

This project aims to develop recommendations for application of innovative solar technologies in green buildings to Asia Pacific’s various climatic regions, share information on relevant technologies, and promote energy efficiency of APEC region. A workshop with experts and attendance from renewable energy and green buildings field will be held in China in April 2017. A final research report on RE solutions for green buildings in APEC Region will be submitted.

Relevance

Buildings account for about 40% of the global energy consumption and contribute over 30% of the carbon dioxide emissions; therefore renewable energy-supply solutions for buildings will greatly contribute to energy efficiency, energy security and energy resiliency of Asia-Pacific region. This project directly responds to APEC Energy Ministers’ instruction for the EWG (through their 2015 Cebu Declaration) to “explore strategies to drive the shift towards green buildings including zero energy buildings”. It is also responsive to specific priorities of the Work Plan for 2016 APEC EWG: “Sustainability”, which indicates that “Leaders endorsed in Beijing the establishment of the APEC Sustainable Energy Center (APSEC) in 2014 to facilitate cooperation on sustainable energy development across the APEC region through information exchange, policy dialogue, technology research, development and demonstration, and capacity building on sustainable energy.” This project seeks to foster APEC members’ collaborative efforts in developing cost-effective renewable energy-supply technology for green buildings in APEC region.

As an important renewable energy, solar energy can provide buildings power and heating through photovoltaic (PV) technique or solar thermal technique. By radiating heat to outer space, passive radiative cooling technique can provide buildings cooling. Combining various innovative solar technologies with different energy supply modes can meet diverse energy demand of buildings, including power, heating and cooling. The cost-effective renewable energy-supply solutions for green buildings can promote energy efficiency and contribute to energy security in APEC region.

This project falls under Rank 2 on 2016 APEC Funding Criteria, as it evidently relates to Energy efficiency, energy security and energy resiliency including the development of low carbon technology and alternative energy sources. Because the cost-effective renewable energy-supply solutions proposed in this project are low carbon technology, and the project aims at promote building energy efficiency and increase RE share in energy mix in APEC region.

Objectives

1) To develop recommendations on technical solutions for promoting advanced solar applications in green buildings to Asia Pacific’s various climatic regions.

2) To make all partners clear about possible sustainable building energy-supply solutions and to enhance understanding of the innovative solar technologies by sharing results and experiences.

3) To build interest of governments, investors, architect, manufacturers of building cladding products and photovoltaic companies in the innovative solar technologies and their applications for green buildings including zero energy buildings.

Alignment

APEC 2015 has prioritized the goal of “Energy efficiency, energy security and energy resiliency including the development of low carbon technology and alternative energy sources”. In light of this, the 2014 APEC Leaders’ Declaration has stated under item 53 that it “further explores pathways to a new-type of urbanization and sustainable city development, featuring green, energy efficient, low-carbon and people-orientation”. The 2015 APEC EMM Declaration in Cebu declared that in item 11 “In transitioning to a low-carbon economy we will explore the contribution of clean energy technologies and energy efficient initiatives in the transport and power sectors”. Also, the 2015 APEC Energy Ministers’ instruction in Cebu for the EWG declared that in item 10 “We encourage Member Economies to explore strategies to drive the shift towards green buildings including zero energy buildings”. Corresponding to the above declarations and instruction, the project will foster APEC members’ collaborative efforts in developing cost-effective renewable energy-supply solutions for green buildings and facilitate information and technology transfer on the advanced solar technologies among APEC economies to ensure sustainable energy development in APEC region.

This project proposal aligns well with 2016 EWG’s plan in “Energy Security, Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency and Sustainability”. Through applications of the innovative and cost-effective solar technology, a variety of energy demand of the buildings including power, heating and cooling, are met. The renewable energy-supply solutions for green buildings can promote energy efficiency and have the potential to contribute to energy security.

Considering that different climate zones have different technology application solutions, therefore this project will make the collaboration between economies with different climate types and as a result, enhance synergies within the APEC region.

TILF/ASF Justification

The objectives described above are specifically aimed at supporting the capacity building needs of APEC developing economies through the sharing of information on how to reduce buildings energy consumption and provide energy-supply solutions including power, heating and cooling by utilization of renewable energy. This will require a greater degree of coordination between government entities responsible for fossil power generation and those responsible for efficient and clean technological advances.

Beneficiaries and Outputs

Outputs: The project delivers the following outputs:

1) Literature survey on the current practice of renewable energy applications and energy supply solutions in green buildings in APEC as well as available technologies/solutions in this field.

2) Research report on the innovative solar technologies proposed in the project for experts, producers, consumers and equipment suppliers as well as governments and agencies to better understand the related technologies.

3) A technical solution package about renewable energy-supply for green buildings, which can help the related stakeholders to deploy the advanced technologies.

4) A Workshop focus on renewable energy-supply solutions for green buildings. Feedback from representatives of the workshop, as well as the suggestion and comments from member economies and EGNRET members will be collected and put into the project summary report.

5) Promotion plan about how to facilitate and accelerate the spread and adoption of the cost-effective renewable energy-supply solutions for green buildings in APEC region.

6) A website about the innovative solar technologies by sharing results and experiences.

7) Final project report on renewable energy supply solutions for green buildings in APEC Region.

Outcomes: Buildings account for about 40% of global energy consumption; therefore renewable energy-supply solutions for buildings will greatly contribute to energy efficiency and energy security of APEC region.

The awareness and knowledge of APEC’s relevant stakeholders on the innovative solar technologies is expected to be significantly improved, which helps bringing low-carbon energy technologies into the mainstream of APEC’s energy-supply solutions for building.

Developing renewable energy-supply solutions based on innovative solar technologies can contribute to the growth of APEC’s renewable energy (e.g. solar PV), expand and upgrade the practical application of  renewable energy technologies in green buildings industry, improve members’ innovation capability in low-carbon energy technologies.

The project also has the great potential to lead to the actual deployment of the innovative solar technologies as energy-supply solutions for green buildings in APEC community over the next few years.

Beneficiaries: This project aims to provide cost-effective renewable energy-supply solutions for green buildings including zero energy buildings in APEC region to policy makers, Photovoltaic manufactures, building design institutes, building developer etc. They will be invited to attend the workshop for in-depth communication and further comments. The outcomes of the project, including technical solutions, technology data and reports will be shared with APEC member economies. The information will help them clear about the sustainable building energy-supply solutions and practices.

The government officials and regulators: They are the direct beneficiaries of this project since the responsibility of policy and regulation in new & renewable energy and housing & urban-rural construction. They could be women or men, from developing or developed economies. They will receive a more detailed account of developing condition of renewable energy application technologies in buildings throughout the APEC region and thus be in a better position to efficiently contribute to the future harmonization of their respective domestic policies towards application of renewable energy in buildings.

Researchers and experts in the field of renewable energy and and green building: They will get latest technology information they will get great opportunities to communicate with outstanding researchers who are at the frontier of research in renewable energy and green building fields. They are the most direct beneficiaries.

Manufacturers of solarindustry (Photovoltaic module / Solar Collector): They will understand and grasp the developing direction of the renewable energy-supply solutions based on poly-generation (i.e. power, heating & cooling) solar energy technology; they can get innovative ideas for development of new products. They are the direct beneficiaries.

Green building project developer and investors: They will get latest technology, financing and commercial information to help them improve project quality and promote applications of renewable energy in buildings. Some developing economies within the APEC community are relatively new to green building technologies and bring some different perspectives to the target and routes that the regulators has set, then they will be also the beneficiaries of this project to have a further participation and comprehension. They are the indirect beneficiaries.

Dissemination

The outputs of this Project are designed for wide dissemination:

·  The produced reports and materials will be disseminated in APEC economies by means of internet dissemination, and be freely downloadable from APEC & EGNRET websites, as well as APSEC website. Meanwhile, the best practices information will be shared through the ESCI-KSP online.

·  Several small seminars and a final workshop will be held according to the priorities of this project. Possible cooperation between other organizations, such as EGEEC, would be beneficial for each other to gain a broad insight. Industrial stakeholders and academic experts will be invited to participate in this section.

·  The proposal overseer or relevant representative can also proactively travel within the region to disseminate the results.

The target audience would be stakeholders working on renewable energy and green buildings from sectors of governments, businesses and academia etc. as well as the common people of the APEC community who may be interested in application of solar energy.

Gender

Project overseers will implement this project in a manner that takes gender considerations into account to ensure that it benefits both women and men and does not disadvantage women. The PO will actively promote the involvement of women at all steps of the project for a minimum percentage of 30%. For workshop participants and speakers, the PO will strive to ensure that women account for more than 40% of the total.

To guarantee that no gender is disadvantaged, the project team will encourage equitable participation by men and women at all steps of the project. For the researcher under this project and the invited speakers and government officers of the workshops, female are encouraged to lead and participate in priority. Sex-disaggregated data will be applied for project assessment where feasible, i.e. workshop attendance, that seek to achieve gender balance in the selection of workshop speakers and participants. The selection of consultants, workshop presenters will be organised in an unbiased environment irrespective of gender.

Besides, women participate in the Expert Group on New and Renewable Energy Technologies that will help to guide and implement the project, and thus will help define the agenda and speakers for the Workshop that is the main focus of this project. Furthermore these workshops will have stakeholders from leading green buildings and renewable energy within the APEC region that have a substantial female enrollment and therefore we would expect to have a diverse participation and translational component.

Work Plan

Timeline

Key Activities

Deliverables

July-Sept. 2016

Information collection and creation plan:

Literature survey/ Site survey/ Case studies/ etc.

Survey report/ Creation plan/ Website files, Pictures

Oct.-Dec. 2016

Development Phase 1:

Performance research and on-site investigation of relevant technologies

Research report/ Performance data

Jan.-March 2017

Development Phase 2:

Economic and commercial promotion research

Research report

March-April 2017

Workshop preparation work:

Invitation & contact/ meeting place and agenda/ translators/ services/ etc.

Brochures/ Agenda

April 2017

Workshop:

Registration/ Session/Technical tours/ etc.

Reports/ Newspaper & TV/ Website/

April-June

2017

Completion Phase:

Finalization of Recommendations/ Summary

Promotion plan/ Final research report on RE energy supply solutions for green buildings in APEC Region

Risks

1) In the process of building integrated applications of the innovative solar technologies, how to achieve the balance between function and architectural aesthetics is a great challenge.

The project overseer will take both function and architectural aesthetics into consideration when develop the innovative solar module prototype.

2) Different APEC member economies might have quite different climate conditions and natural energy resources, thus the performance investigation results to a specific economy don’t necessarily fit to another.

The project overseer plans to achieve further performance results and to carry out optimization analysis by means of simulation to make sure the research could cover as much as possible main application solutions.

3) There is generally a risk that workshops do not attract the optimal range and number of participants. However, the project overseer already has long-term history of cooperation with the key organizations to be involved. That will help using all partners networks to convince the participants to join. This risk can further be managed by using a range of communication channels to promote the workshop; holding it alongside another relevant event, providing adequate notice of the confirmed date and venue, and assisting with travel expenses for travel-eligible economies.

4) Possible delay in finalising report and uploading documents. The project overseer will ensure sufficient time to prepare seminar report and adhere to strict internal deadlines.

Monitoring and Evaluation

1) A literature survey report and a research report on related technologies will be completed according to surveys (including but are not limited to survey on renewable energy application in building, present developing condition of green building in different APEC economies, climate characteristics, current situation of related product market), expert interviews, on-site investigation and etc.

2) A workshop with 12 experts/speakers (minimum 5 female) and attendance of at least 50 (minimum 20 female) from APEC economies of renewable energy and green buildings field will be held.

3) A promotion plan will be completed according to economic and commercial promotion research, and feedback from the workshop.

4) The project overseer will encourage female experts and professionals for a minimum percentage of 30% to attend the research process.

Number of publications (e.g. Final research report on RE energy supply solutions for green buildings in APEC Region, Economic and commercial promotion research report) can download from website.

Linkages

Developing green buildings including zero energy buildings by using renewable energy is a common and urgent problem, all APEC and non-APEC members could be engaged. This project will focus on applications of renewable energy in building area, trying to promote some advanced ideas and approaches on technology innovation, and relevant stakeholders, i.e. not only insiders of PV industry but also the representatives from building industry in the APEC region, will be encouraged and attracted to attend this project. This project could also engage world-leading solar research groups (e.g. NREL of US, ITRI of Chinese Taipei, ANU of Australia etc.). 

This project will keep in contact with the chairpersons of relevant APEC fora, such as Expert Group on New and Renewable Energy Technologies (EGNRET) & Expert Group on Energy Efficiency and Conversion (EGEEC) to ensure that we are making full use of their resources and are not duplicating any of their activities. We will also consult with international organizations such as International Energy Agency (IEA) which might have knowledge of renewable energy policy where necessary, and take full advantage of the interaction with energy experts at EWG meetings. The cross fora collaboration is definitely expected, e.g. between EGNRET and EGEEC, LCMT TF, ESCI & Energy Resilience TF. This project builds on but does not duplicate previous projects on solar PV and green/NZEB buildings through fostering collaborative efforts in developing a cost-effective and innovative poly-generation (i.e. power, heating & cooling) solar energy system, which can be effectively integrated into green buildings as an essential technical strategy.

Further, there will be very good interaction, strengthen cooperation and complementarity between my APEC project and the existing APEC project: EWG 02 2015A - APEC Nearly (Net) Zero Energy Building Best Practices and Energy Reduction Results Comparative Study. Both projects relate to green buildings, but have different emphasis. The existing project is focused on best practices and case sharing, and this project is focused on innovative renewable energy technologies and building energy solutions based on that. There will be very good interaction, strengthen cooperation and complementarity between the two projects.

Sustainability

The project is designed to maximize the potential for sustainability The project sustainability consists of the maintenance of project website, the formation and implementation of final report, dissemination of the achievement from the project, long-term intended impacts and so on. The relevant stakeholders and beneficiaries who engage in renewable energy and green buildings as well as the project group will help to carry the project objectives forward by a periodic communications, running seminars, and updating the outputs such as websites, database and research through practices and electronic form. Furthermore, considering that this project is proposed by APSEC and will be an important achievement of APSEC, the APSEC will host the project website. Renewable energy-supply solutions for buildings proposed in this project is one main and continuous research topic of the PO’s research team, the PO plans to arrange a specially-assigned researcher to be responsible for updating the contents for long-term (at least 1 years) since systematic and thorough studies on this topic will be carried out.

The next step could be technology promotion and establishment of demonstration projects to examine their suitability for use in various APEC economies with different climatic and cultural conditions. The PO or other APEC economies could apply for APEC projects to expand and build upon the present work.

The outcomes can be measured by workshop participant stats, a survey on workshop participants’ feedback (e.g. whether they consider deploying the innovative solar technologies in green buildings), and the feedback of industry R&D experts or potential manufactures (e.g. further developing and optimization proposal of the innovative solar modules).

Project Overseers

The project will be managed by Dr. Yong Sun with APEC Sustainable Energy Center (APSEC)

Dr. Yong Sun obtained his PhD in Chemical Engineering from Tianjin University in 2014. He has been engaged in research on solar, especially solar photovoltaic for almost ten years since his master's study in School of Chemical Engineering & Technology of Tianjin University – the largest and best Chemical Engineering School in China, further, completing doctoral studies in 2014, he entered into School of Architecture of Tianjin University and started research on building integrated solar technologies. Therefore, he has very thorough understanding of the innovative technologies related to the project.

Other main point(s) of contact:

Dr. Zhexing Yan, lecturer of School of Architecture, Tianjin University and also researcher of APSEC, obtained his PhD in Building Energy from Loughborough University, UK in 2015. His research interest is building energy systems, and he will be responsible for technical solution about renewable energy-supply for green buildings.

Dr. Baichen Xie, associate professor of College of Management & Economics, Tianjin University and also researcher of APSEC, obtained his PhD in Management Science and Engineering from Tianjin University, China in 2008. His research interest is energy management and energy policies; he will be responsible for promotion plan about how to facilitate and accelerate the spread and adoption of the cost-effective renewable energy-supply solutions for green buildings in APEC region. Dr. Baichen Xie is also the expert group member of Energy Smart Communities Initiative (ESCI).

Beside, to ensure a high quality of the project, Professor Li Zhu, the president of APSEC and also the research team leader of Dr. Yong Sun, will provide support and guidance for each stage of project implementation.

Cost Efficiency

Not Applicable.

Drawdown Timetable

Not Applicable.

Direct Labour

Not Applicable.

Waivers

Not Applicable.

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